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Modi to lay foundation of HAL's copter facility Sunday

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  3 Jan 2016 12:00 AM GMT

BENGALURU, Jan 2: Prime Minister rendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of Hindustan Aeroutics Limited’s (HAL) new helicopter facility on Sunday at Kartaka’s Bidarehallikaval village.

Located 110 km from here, the new facility will manufacture up to 10 classes of helicopters including Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and val Multi-role Helicopters (NMRH).

“HAL’s new copter facility is a shot in the arm for Make in India programme, it will immensely benefit the local economy and create hundreds of direct and indirect jobs,” said HAL Chairman and Maging Director T. Suvar Raju.

With an investment of approximately Rs.4,000 crore in 610 acres of land, the helicopter facility has a potential to generate employment for 3,000 people.

Kartaka has an enviable aerospace ecosystem few states can boast about.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has 10 labs in Bengaluru while Airbus, Honeywell, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Wipro Aerospcae, HAL - Rolls Royce joint venture and others are located in the state.

“Kartaka has more than half of all the production units and Research and Development centres and almost all global aerospace majors have presence in the state. A quarter of all the aircraft and spacecraft made in India are produced in Kartaka,” state additiol chief secretary K. Rat Prabha said.

To further propel the industry, Kartaka government also rolled out an industry specific Aerospace Policy in addition to developing a 1,000 aerospace park (Special Economic Zone) in Devahalli.

Devahalli SEZ has 72 projects in the pipeline with an investment potential of Rs.14,000 crore. “With the establishment of this helicopter manufacturing (Facility) coupled with the opportunities in ‘Buy and Make’ option from offset obligation and availability of the ecosystem for manufacturing, Kartaka is expected to see new highs in the coming years,” added Prabha. (IANS)

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